HC Deb 16 February 1937 vol 320 cc983-4
25. Captain Ramsay

asked the Secretary of State for War why there are no British military observers with General Franco's armies, in view of the fact that more valuable information could be accumulated by this country were there military observers accredited to both sides in the Spanish war?

Mr. Cooper

While it is not possible at present to attach an officer permanently to General Franco's armies, it is hoped to take advantage of opportunities that may occur for a visit by one of our assistant military attaches.

Captain Ramsay

In view of the obvious importance of a knowledge from both sides and a knowledge of the weapons of foreign countries, and in view of the fact that for months past nothing has been done, can the right hon. Gentleman give us any idea why nothing has been done all this time?

Mr. McGovern

Would it not be desirable that Sir Oswald Mosley should be allocated to this duty?

Mr. Mander

Is it not important that we should know exactly how the Italian and German armies are functioning in action?

Captain Ramsay

I beg to give notice that, unless some further satisfactory answer is given to me, I propose to raise on the Adjournment the question of our having military observers on both sides.